Women's Basketball: Tamura Season-High 23 Points Not Enough To Tame Panthers

Women's Basketball: Tamura Season-High 23 Points Not Enough To Tame Panthers

ORANGE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team were dealt a tough 76-47 loss to Chapman in their second Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game of the season. Two different Sagehens scored in double digits, but their efforts fell short in covering the deficit as the Panthers' defense and rebounding gave Chapman the victory.

Season Impact: The loss puts the Sagehens back with a 1-6 record overall and 0-2 in conference play.

First year Renae Tamura broke out with career-high 23 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field and going 5-for-6 from beyond the arc. She also grabbed six rebounds with two steals and a block. Keilani Ikehara added 12 points and led the Sagehens with six assists and also nabbed two steals.

The Panthers pounced to an 11-2 lead halfway through the first quarter, but a jumper by Ikehara after the timeout and a three-pointer by Tamura helped the Hens cut the gap 11-7. However, the Panthers caught fire for the remainder of the quarter and later in the second period, leading 49-17 at the half.

In the third quarter, trailing 59-21, Tamura sparked a quick run, scoring a layup after rebounding her own miss. After Sophie True got a steal on the following play, Tamura hit a jumper off a pass from Ikehara to cut it 59-25. Later in the final period, Tamura hit back-to-back three-pointers within the first minute as the Hens still trailed 63-34. She finished the quarter with four triples, but the Hens fell 76-47 at the buzzer.

Pomona-Pitzer will host the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas on Saturday, December 9 at 7 p.m.